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The Weekend and Beyond

Va. HOV Lanes
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the I-95/395 HOV lanes will return to their standard schedule, remaining open to all traffic southbound from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The lanes will re-open northbound to all traffic at 11 p.m.

Since early August, the southbound HOV hours for all traffic had been extended to accommodate increased summer traffic and lane closures associated with the I-95 widening project in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Returning to the standard HOV schedule will continue to help alleviate delays, as the construction requires overnight lane closures on northbound I-95 in coming weeks.

HOT Lane Construction
Beginning Thursday night, Sept. 10 , steel beams will be lifted into place for a new bridge at I-66 west over I-495 south. Motorists can expect I-495 south total lane closures from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights for the next two weeks. Detours will be in place. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Detour maps and details can be found here:
I-66 East Exit Ramp Closures, Saturday, Sept. 12, the I-66 east exit ramps (both regular and HOV exits) to I-495 north will be closed overnight to replace pavement and move concrete barriers. Motorists can expect the exit ramp closures from 9 p.m. Saturday night to 9 a.m. Sunday Sept. 13. Detours will be in place. All exit ramps will reopen by 9 a.m. Detour maps and details can be found here:
45-Day Beltway Ramp Closure, Ongoing: I-495 south exit ramp (Exit 46B) to Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) north is closed until early October, weather permitting. The ramp closure is necessary for the HOT Lanes crews to build bridge piers for the new HOT Lanes access from Westpark Drive to the Beltway. Crews will reconfigure the ramp and build two drainage facilities for the HOT Lanes Project and Tysons Corner Center. Detour maps and details can be found here:

Park Road Work in the District
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to close a section of the 1300 block of Park Road, NW next week. Approximately 100 feet of Park Road, directly east of 14th Street, will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm, beginning Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday September 12, 2009, for the installation of light poles at the new Civic Plaza. For the safety of motorists and to accommodate a large crane, vehicular traffic through this portion of Park Road will be prohibited until the work is completed.

However, the sidewalks will remain open and access to all the buildings and businesses in the area, including the Giant Food Store and Park Triangle building, will be maintained.

Vehicular access to and from the Giant Store and the parking facility east of the Giant will be from Homestead Place and 13th Street, NW. Traffic Safety Officers, flaggers and variable message signs will be used to help direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

For more information about the project, the project website at

I-270 Lane Closures
Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin the second phase of a $10 million safety and resurfacing project along a nearly four mile section of southbound I-270 between Middlebrook Road and Muddy Branch Road in Montgomery County.

During construction, motorists can expect single lane closures along I-270 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., overnight Sunday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., with double lane closures overnight Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. Crews will close one of the collector-distributor lanes between Middlebrook Road and the ramp to MD 117 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnights Sunday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

SHA is expediting the project to two weekends of milling and paving reducing long impacts to motorists. There will be weekend double lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 19.

Motorists should also expect intermittent closures on the ramps to and from MD 124, Middlebrook Road, and MD 117 overnight Sunday through Thursday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Detours will be posted to direct motorists to use MD 118 (Germantown Road) and MD 355 (Frederick Road).

Interstate I-70 resurfacing
The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) recently began a $3.4 million project to improve approximately seven miles of westbound I-70 between west of I-270 and Hollow Road, west of the City of Frederick. SHA anticipates completing the project this fall, weather permitting.

Crews will close a single lane of westbound I-70 Sunday 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Monday through Thursday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Additionally, nighttime double-lane closures are possible along the three lane section climbing Braddock Mountain

ICC Lane shift
On or about Sep. 9, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will shift traffic on MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) near Bonifant Road/Good Hope Road to allow for construction of the permanent northbound MD 650 Bridge over the future $2.5 billion Intercounty Connector (ICC). The traffic shifts will take place on September 9 and 10 and are weather permitting.

During this two-day transition, crews will shift southbound MD 650 slightly to the right and northbound MD 650 to the left, adjacent to the southbound lanes separated by concrete barrier. SHA will install concrete barrier to provide a temporary hiker/biker path along the eastside of MD 650, which will help maintain pedestrian access through the work zone. Motorists should expect temporary lane closures during the traffic pattern change.

The traffic shift along southbound MD 650 will begin south of Bonifant Road/Good Hope Road and continue to Colesville Manor Drive. On Thursday night, September 10, crews will shift northbound MD 650 beginning north of the Orchard Way intersection and to south of Bonifant Road/Good Hope Road. SHA will use signs, cones, barrels, variable warning signs and temporary flagging operations to guide motorists through the work zone.

SHA will maintain two lanes in each direction during peak travel times, as well as pedestrian access along relocated sidewalks. All lanes of MD 650 will be open by 5 a.m. each morning during the traffic shifts. The ICC/MD 650 interchange completion is slated for mid-2011.

By Ashley Halsey  |  September 4, 2009; 1:18 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Springfield Interchange , Weekend Work , highways , intercounty connector  
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